November 7th, 2011

Just days after the neighborhood Halloween parade we have another awesome parade marching through the streets of Park Slope. The New York City Marathon. Mile 10 is 4 blocks from our apartment.

Last year it was freezing and the year before our plans didn’t mesh with Asher’s nap schedule so we were pretty excited to finally be able to go this year.

We got there at 9:30, in time to see some of the wheeled racers and we walked right across the route which I thought was totally awesome.

Eventually we saw the first men, then the first women, then waited waited waited for the non-professionals.

The huge pack of runners finally came and it was magic. I can’t explain it. They were running inches from us and the energy was phenomenal.

We met up with our friends Chris and Ellen and their kids and we had a blast cheering people on. For those that don’t know, lots of people write their names on the front of their shirt for this exact purpose.

It was truly an amazing morning, even with the dreaded time change. We saw grandmothers and people with artificial limbs and tall people and short people. People running with their brothers, friends, breast cancer survivors, co-workers. You name it.

Very inspiring on so many levels. I kept tearing up thinking about how far they’d already come and how far they still had to go.

We even got to see my friend Kai! I didn’t know where we’d be so I didn’t tell him to look for us but I spotted him in the crowd of 45,000+ so go me. The chances seem slim but he was running right by us and we got to cheer him on. I was so excited because I was looking for him the whole time and I felt like I met my goal for the day too! (Not all of us have to reach for the stars ya know.)

Anyway. I highly recommend attending the marathon if you can. There is nothing like the positive energy of New Yorkers cheering on New Yorkers. Nothing.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Libby  |  November 7th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    So cool. Sad we missed it. Did I mention I love how you write exactly how you speak, so I can totally hear your voice when I read your blog? Yeah. Love. XO

  • 2. Helen  |  November 7th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I so want to do this sometime. Both run the marathon and stand on the sidelines and cheer people on. We can take bets on which happens first.

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